��4Ȩ�r��Ț"7?�|)����tn 9E����lڈ����A�1ٸ0��G$r��M��[T���D�Jr�ŝ�f@&�ޠ8�|$�ېi��Kr����p\� ��� �Kw%A)C�JT�s�U��蛃f";�l�kI4�WR��h͢�\Jry4N��H�8˜�>$�N��@��;h��=I�>�$�KjQٙ:O�h���.�(\�Q�8�H��o"�/Z�e(P�u However, I hear it’s still pretty cold. At breakfast and dinner times if you aren’t actively cooking or eating, leave the table someone else can use it. So there you go. Be sure to take the side trail to the falls since they are spectacular! In total, the one-way route from the parking lot to Berg Lake Campground is about 21 kilometers with an elevation gain of 1,083 meters. To start the trail you need to sign in at the Mount Robson visitor centre. Dogs: Allowed on leash for day hikes only. To the left is a scree hillside. We spilt up our hike over 5 days so we’d have lots of time to enjoy the scenery and to go on day hikes from our base at Berg Lake Campground. Description: The trail follows the Robson River. There are also other cute cabins in Tete Jaune Cache. This looks like a trail my husband and I would love hiking! There’s also a fork in the trail here. The trail follows the Robson river from the south face to the north face of the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies Mt. A challenging route marked by rock cairns (caution required), it provides spectacular views of the back of Mount Robson. In this post I’ll tell you everything you ever wanted to know to plan your own trip. You can read more about what to bring in my Berg Lake Trail Packing List post. The smaller campgrounds all have at least one picnic table. This flat section of trail follows the lakeshore between the Marmot and Berg Lake campgrounds. The sign says it is a 500m walk, but don’t worry, it’s only about 200m each way. It’s a historic log cabin with picnic tables and a wood stove. All the campsites have a marked grey water pit where you can pour your dishwater or strain the water out of your pasta. Watch for drop-offs. To meet demand for this world class destination, the Berg Lake Trail is 100% reservable in advance of arrival. %PDF-1.1 First and foremost, the trail needs to be booked online here. Iceberg Lake Trail was one of the longest day hikes we’ve done, and it was a great introduction to and training for extended day hikes and overnight trips in Glacier National Park. Just wondering if there are water sources between Kinney and Berg Lake. Most of these hikes are beyond what my darn ankle and knee can handle, but I can enjoy the beauty through your photos. It is partly fed by the Berg Glacier. The Berg Lake Trail technically isn’t in Alberta or Jasper, but it’s just down the highway from the edge of Jasper National Park, and it would be a shame to miss this incredible trail. You can Mist Glacier in the background. Since it’s in British Columbia, it’s on Pacific time. Thanks for this awesome post, Taryn! Helicopters: If you have the cash, you can pay to fly in to Robson Pass on a helicopter. Have a great hike! Afterwards you’ll climb steadily but gently uphill next to the Robson glacier on a moraine. See more ideas about Lake, Trail, Hiking. Or do you fill at water stations and boil, or do you need your own drinking water filtration system for this hike? The campground has an open sided cooking shelter and lots of tent sites. %���� Am going in a few weeks and planning has been so much easier with your information. If the trail is open again, follow it across the rocks using cairns to guide you. The tent pads are small and you’d only be able to fit one 2 or 3 person tent on each pad in most places (they aren’t all the same size). Get one that is lightweight, compact and has a full length waterproof rain fly. The park borders Jasper National Park and is the second oldest park in British Columbia. I hiked the trail in early September 2018 and we got hit with a snow storm on our last day! This section of trail is an old gravel road that climbs steadily uphill but is never steep. Would definitely recommend. stream It looks like you had an amazing adventure there!! You can get bad weather at any time up there, so this isn’t the place for a cheap big box store tent that will leak. The video, the Berg Lake trail map, and the description below are based on our second trip to Mount Robson, done as a backpack in 2011.We did a 2 night backpack, camping at Berg Lake and pushing on toward Snowbird Pass as a day hike, but there are several great … There’s a parking lot with a covered picnic shelter and an outhouse at the trailhead. One kilometer from the Berg lake campground you’ll pass the Rearguard campground. Hi, I’m Taryn! You’ll pass by a sign that marks the spot where the toe of the glacier used to reach 100 years ago – it’s retreated over a kilometer since then. There are many day hikes that can be enjoyed from the Berg Lake trailhead, or from the many campgrounds along the trail. It is not in a Canadian National Park so you don’t need a National Parks pass from Parks Canada. Bikes: You can bike the first 7km of the trail to the end of Kinney Lake but you aren’t permitted to bike further than that. Turn left and follow it back to the Berg Lake campground. When you make your reservation you’ll also need to pay backcountry camping fees. Most people choose to camp at Robson Pass camp if they can’t make a booking for Berg Lake camp. The Berg Lake Trail is so high traffic that the park rangers have installed wash stands and grey water pits to try to keep dishwashing water out of the lake and streams. Berg Lake Anyway, a beatiful hike! �D(�� �y�3��R�"7��a�h[����4 `.Ƥ���N4˄�D*�DbqPT� � �"���p �(c�H�`1�A~�D�dRAT�d0�MC!��P2���Qp�� �%h���5�+`�5v{I G3��g(�S��ih�k'��7��\2�X$�:���j�#A�"�.�QͰ��@`8�Rhz��X4�l)!�GI��Y�͈�7�v����1�8�A�ہ����(k��0.�����:�?���o#6,���C�V���nвP�`�7�P�����)[2��� �� I��0��;�C� � �.�"�7��� .P�bլa����.�Ȯ�f�H �0��K�(����4��I{��7��"���4�5�ܱ�Khj���c�O)|.Eb�0*R���T;��Qm(h���Bilƶ����1��\��S�Z�54Q��5����ӊ0�,�S����a���*�{1ؐ�ࣴ!���*�8�բ-8a��ؔk1ٍJѳk"6��t�R��W��bC+�Z�7�k���r�[{.M�58Ѩ#��/C� @�Ө���b���pdҹ-CᐥnE/�:������.����1� Find the best trails in Mount Robson, British Columbia (Canada). (And therefore from BC into Alberta. Turn left for a short side trail that leads to a picnic area. It’s set in the trees just above the gravel flats at end of Berg Lake. Along the way you’ll pass by Kinney Lake before climbing steeply up through The Valley of A Thousand Falls. I would plan on one tent per pad unless both tents are 1 person tents. Berg Lake Trail Map: Click the map to view a printable version. The exact date hasn’t been announced yet, but I’ll update this post when it is. You’ll know you’ve reached the top when you spot the suspension bridge. The turn around point of the hike is the summit of Snowbird Pass. Navigation along the trail and the day hikes are straightforward. >> July and August have the best weather, but the trail is also the busiest during those months. If you want to day hike the Snowbird Pass trail, you should know that it is closed until July 1st each year to protect the caribou calving grounds. This great loop hike includes a waterfall, great views of Berg Lake, Berg Glacier and Mount Robson. People travel from all over the world to do this trip. This is the smallest campsite. Robson. I plan to head to the Banff area next year so I’m hoping to see a ‘gimpse’ of this terrain there. You’ll gain 500m over 5km! Falls of the Pool in the Valley of a Thousand Falls, Distance: 5km/3.1mi Elevation Gain: 520m/1700ft Time: 2.5-4 hours | Difficulty: Hard. We met Americans, Austrians, Mexicans… oh and a bunch of Canadians from all over the country. At 3,954 metres, Mount Robson is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, offering outstanding views. This is the landslide area so you may have to turn around here and retrace your steps. You will need to be totally self-sufficient on the trail and carry in everything you will need for your trip – right down to the toilet paper! /Filter /LZWDecode Thank you! Camping here puts you close to the trailheads for both the Snowbird Pass and Mumm Basin day hikes. The 800m of trail after leaving Whitehorn campground is quite level as it travels across some gravel flats. Because believe me, after seeing these photos, you’ll want to go. Those are $10 per person per night. Distance: 4.5km/2.8mi | Elevation Gain: 150m/500ft | Time: 1-2 hours | Difficulty: Easy. -Taryn. However, some years the snow can linger into early July or start to fall again in late September. The Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park is one of Canada’s premiere multi-day hiking trips. The shelters are for cooking and hanging out. Points of interest found in the park include First night was at Kinney Lake, 2nd night Emperor Falls, 3rd night Berg Lake and final night at Whitehorn.… Stay on the main trail for the fastest route to the shelter. You’ll need to know your party size, age category of each membe… Toilet paper is not supplied so be sure to bring your own. The rangers may also have strung up a big tarp over some of the picnic tables at this camp. The Berg Lake Trail is located minutes from the Mountain River Lodge, this is one of the classic Rocky Mountain trails. Our Berg Lake Trail hiking experience 1- From trailhead to Kinney Lake. AWESOME POST! Take a print-out or screen shot of your reservation confirmation email to the Mount Robson visitor centre on the day you start your hike. Inside there are four picnic tables, lots of hooks for hanging jackets and a wood stove for emergencies. Reservations open on October 1, the year before you will be hiking it. Plan is to stay: 1 nt in Whitehorn, 2 nts in Berg Lake and 1 nt in Kinney. Berg Lake Trail Hargreaves Lake Route Toboggan Falls Route Mumm Basin Route Snowbird Pass Route Picnic Area Information Meals, Gasoline Telephone Ranger Cabin 2 3 5 4 6 7 LEGEND Parking Viewing Shelter - day use only Campsites Wilderness Camping Tent Pads Washrooms Mountain Biking? Difficulty: Moderate, especially if you split the ascent to Berg Lake over two days. This is also the only section of the trail where you won’t encounter any water sources, so be sure to fill up your water bottles before you head up the hill. That hike looks incredible – the photos are amazing, but the view must have been breathtaking in person! This multi-use trail can be used both directions. Some of the campsites at Kinney are right on the lakeshore with a beautiful view – probably the prettiest campsites on the whole trail. Unless you plan to travel off-trail in the backcountry, the map below is the only one you’ll need for the Berg Lake Trail. You’ll walk in the forest for about 1.5km before emerging on a gravel slope with a view of Berg Lake. The trail network in the main section of the park is limited to pretty much one specific trail (Berg Lake Trail). Day 3: Day hike to Snowbird Pass. The Whitehorn and Kinney Lake campgrounds have large roofed shelters with open sides and four picnic tables inside. Exhilarating, spellbinding, and magical; one of Canada’s greatest treasures! Robson with its glaciers flowing into Berg Lake. Click on the map below to view a printable PDF. To avoid carrying a stupidly heavy pack, choose lightweight backpacking gear rather than heavy conventional camping gear. The rangers will give you a brief orientation and go over some safety info and park rules. The weather in the mountains is also often very cold and wet so be sure to pack accordingly. To meet demand for this world class destination, the Berg Lake Trail is 100% reservable in advance of arrival. About 7.5 from the trailhead, the route climbs up beside a stream and enters a wide meadow with lots of active marmots. Wow honestly how are all Canada hikes so stunning?! Soon you’ll arrive at the Kinney Lake Campground with its open-sided shelter. The Whitehorn shelter has a wood stove but you are only allowed to use it in an emergency. Hikes from Berg Lake include Mumm Basin-Hargreaves Glacier, Toboggan Falls, Emperor Falls, and Snowbird Pass. So much to learn not only about the wonderful trek but also about how to perfect the art of sharing and drafting information!! Looking back to Kinney Lake from the Whitehorn Hill, Distance: 4km/2.5mi | Elevation Gain: 100m/325ft | Time: 1-2 hours | Difficulty: Moderate. The trail crosses a gravelly section next to the lake before heading back in to the trees. The trail can start or end in Robson Pass or Berg Lake campsites. This is a big loop trail and you won’t regret it. For more information on trail stats and how to acquire one of the coveted camping permits check out our Berg Lake Trail Guide. Unless you plan to travel off-trail in the backcountry, the map below is the only one you’ll need for the Berg Lake Trail. Love the blog too, off for a read of some other posts now. Distance: 7km/4.3mi loop or up to 10km/6mi out and back trip | Elevation Gain: 450m/1475ft | Time: 3.5-5 hours | Difficulty: Hard. If you’re tired or out of time, the meadow is beautiful enough to make a good turn around point. This is a smaller campground with no shelter and no real scenery. 4 Reviews of Berg Lake "Backpacked the Berg Lake area for 5 days over the BC day weekend. Day 2: Hike to Berg Lake campground. I recommend 4 or 5. Such a comprehensive guide. Leaving the meadows behind, and now on rock, the trail reaches Robson Lake about 0.9 miles from the trailhead. Thanks for your support. After discovering it for the first time in 1992, when we had no reservation and therefore could not do it, we went a second time this year, with our son, and we managed to do it in 2 days – of course, it would have been good to stay longer, but the weather was so-so. Once you’ve enjoyed the view, follow the trail downhill across the gravel and glacial outwash. My home is in Vancouver but my heart is in the mountains. It has a maze of trails leading to campsites in the forest – none of them have views of the lake. There are a mix of raised wooden platforms and dirt tent pads on the Berg Lake trail. The Berg Lake Trail is really popular and people come from all over the world to hike it. Looking down Toboggan Falls towards Berg Lake, Distance: 6km/3.7mi loop | Elevation gain: 300m/985ft | Time: 2.5-3.5 hours | Difficulty: Moderate. So glad you liked the guide! Cost: $10/person/night plus reservation fees of $6/tent pad/night (up to a max of $18). Hi Taryn, thanks for your detailed guide to this hike, it has been very helpful! It’s also worth noting that you’ll need to share the picnic tables with other campers. Berg Lake Trail is a 13 km blue singletrack trail located near Valemount British Columbia. To hike the trail you will need a permit. Berg Lake Trail Map This map includes an overview of the main route for the Berg Lake Trail. Located just 7km from the parking lot, Kinney Lake Campground is a great first night camp if you start the trail late in the day. However, the tent sites are all very close together or very close to the trail. Click on the map … The glacier has retreated, leaving a flat plain behind. For a full list of what to pack, see my complete Berg Lake Trail packing list, with specific gear recommendations. Oh, and BTW, Mount Robson is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. In some places the trail is quite close to the rushing river. This is THE day hike at Berg Lake. If you come before then, it’s first come first served and you need to check in and pay at the visitor centre before you start the trail. It heads through the forest and then climbs a small hill on some short but steep switchbacks. There is a 4 way intersection on the far side of the bridge. This multi-use trail can be used both directions. You took absolutely gorgeous photos! It reaches an alpine meadow full of wildflowers before heading above treeline. And speaking of glaciers! Click here for Google maps driving directions. I recommend adding one or two days to your trip to devote to day hikes. Location: Mount Robson Provincial Park in the Canadian Rockies, 1 hour west of Jasper. The Robson glacier from the Snowbird Pass trail. After leaving the Berg Lake campground, the trail crosses a bridge. Cooking dinner on the river flats in front of Whitehorn campground. There’s no shelter here but there is an amazing view of Berg Lake and the Berg glacier. After the rock slide the trail goes down to another river flats section. Crossing the rock slide on the way to Marmot camp. The path is wide but there’s a steep drop off so watch your step. After Kinney Lake bridge the trail stops looking like a road and more like a trail. First timer here, hoping to hike the trail in 2020 … Just a quick question – are there water fill stations along the way with potable (drinking) water? For the 2021 season, reservations for the Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park will open January 2021 and must be made online. It’s located on highway 16 in Mount Robson provincial park. The Berg Lake trail is a popular area and it is also environmentally sensitive. Eventually you will reach a signed junction with a side trail to Emperor Falls. The Berg Lake Trail is located in Mount Robson Provincial Park in the Canadian Rockies. There are large metal lockers at each campground. Confusingly, this smaller campground is located about half a kilometer above Emperor Falls. The star of the show is the Berg Glacier, tumbling down the slope of Mount Robson into the lake. The Berg glacier descending from Mount Robson. There are frequent info signs and maps so it’s almost impossible to get lost. There are no water refill stations on the Berg Lake trail. To the left is forest. We did the trip including two nights at Berg Lake in 4 and 1/2 days in the middle of Oct. Only encountered 4″ snow at the top of Toboggan Falls at this time of yr. << I brought a water filter on my trip. Keep it up. Go right for an outhouse. You’ll get some peek-a-boo views of Kinney Lake before dropping right back down to lake level again. These shelters protect you from the rain but still let the wind blow in from the sides. Hi Taryn, thank you so much for this amazing post. Hiker, adventure traveller, Leave No Trace trainer and connoisseur of alpine meadows. There’s an open sided cooking shelter here. So glad you had such a wonderful time Ralph. The temperature can also vary a LOT at Berg Lake. Backpacking Berg Lake is an amazing adventure found in the wilderness of Mount Robson Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada. Cross the bridge to reach the Whitehorn campground. This post focuses on our experience of hiking the trail. Cross a heavy duty bridge and get your first view of the Valley of a Thousand Falls. It’s also a good last night camp if you’re coming all the way down from Berg Lake. Hi Adria, You need a reservation to camp between June 12 and September 30th. Mount Robson is the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies! If you want a hotel, you can book accommodation at bit farther away in Jasper or Valemount. If you’re splitting up the climb to Berg Lake into two days, Whitehorn Campground is the most logical stopping point on your first day. You’ll get some of the best views of Berg Lake and Mount Robson while also checking out some of the other campgrounds. Of course the temperature can often be much colder than that, so bring warm clothing. Thanks in advance. Maximum Group Size: 12 people to minimize impact. Bring a print out or screen shot on your phone of your reservation confirmation to show the rangers. Proper exposures, focus and definition were sadly lacking in 50% of pix….a fault of the limited function of a tiny cell phone lens. The right fork climbs 30 meters up a bluff, then descends back down. Hi ! Some of the pads are small enough that a 4 person tent might not fit. It’s such a beautiful place: Go make your reservations now! There’s a bike rack here since this is the furthest you’re allowed to ride a bike. The rangers there will give you a laminated permit tag to take with you on the trail. Berg Lake Trail Reservation Information. However, the glacial sediments remain and give Adolphus Lake its bright blue colour. The Robson Pass campsite has a small dirt floored shelter lean-to shelter. The Hargreaves Shelter at Berg Lake Campground. Distance: 5.5km/3.4mi return | Elevation Gain: 0m/0ft | Time: 1.5-2 hours | Difficulty: Easy. We started up the Berg Lake Trailhead, but didn’t have enough time to reach Berg Glacier. Such wonderful photos and really thorough write up. Berg Lake Trail Map. Hi Pam. As you approach the Berg Lake campground there will be a side trail heading uphill to the campsites. The Berg Lake Trail takes you to the shores of Berg Lake where you get great views of the Berg Glacier. Seeing it in the snow must have been so spectacular. Past the Emperor Falls junction you’ll continue walking uphill for another half kilometer to reach the Emperor Falls campground. Distance: 2.8km/1.7mi | Elevation Gain: 30m/100ft | Time: 45min-1 hour | Difficulty: Easy. And FYI: you must stay only in the campgrounds you have reserved or you will be taking up a spot that someone else has reserved. You might be tempted to leave your heavy backpack at the junction. Past here the trail emerges from the forest and travels near the edge of the canyon. It sits right next to Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Kinney Lake near the Kinney Lake Campground, Distance: 2.5km/1.5mi | Elevation Gain: 30m/100ft | Time: 40min-1 hour | Difficulty: Easy. Berg Lake trail map courtesy of BC Parks There’s lots of awesome stuff going on with this trail! The Berg Glacier cascades down the side of the mountain into the lake where it breaks off and forms icebergs. No dogs are allowed on overnight trips. To manage the crowds, the park rangers have made all campsites on the trail 100% reservable between mid-June and the end of September. On sunny summer days highs up of up 30C (86F) are possible, with the temperature dipping to less than 10C (50F) at night. Outside there is a covered front porch with benches. Feb 26, 2020 - Explore Tracey Sawatzky's board "HIKE THE BERG LAKE TRAIL", followed by 1512 people on Pinterest. The park rangers have put a few rules in place to protect the area. P. Title: F:\bc_parks_99\2000_maps\berglake_map_colour.cdr But if you head around the side of Mount Robson, you can see the much larger Robson Glacier as it ends at it’s own mini-lake. Soon you’ll pass a ranger cabin, then arrive at the Robson Pass campground. The trail is usually snow-free from June until late September. The Berg Lake Trail is an iconic 21 kilometer linear hike in the heart of the Canadian Rockies that has awe inspired hikers for decades. There are frequent info signs and maps so it’s almost impossible to get lost. Your guide is amazing and your pictures are stunning – thank you for taking the time to put up all this information!!! If you get to the campground earlier in the day you’ll have a choice of empty sites. If it’s open there will be a posted sign that letting you know that the flats are open to hikers. The trail reaches the Robson River almost immediately, and then follows the silt-laden water up to its source at the small, glacier-fed Robson Lake. The Berg Lake trail is one of the premier, and most popular backcountry trails in the Canadian Rockies. The closest towns to the trail are Jasper, Alberta (1 hour to the east along highway 16), and Valemount, BC (30 minutes to the south west via highway 16 and highway 5). As you finally reach the shore of Berg Lake, you’ll arrive at Marmot Campground and get your first good views of the Berg glacier as it runs down into the lake. FYI: There’s a $5 service charge for phone bookings. If possible, take the left fork across the flats as it is faster and easier. I would love to hike this trail and will add it to the bucket list. It’s possible to hike up to Berg Lake and back in one day, but it would likely take over 14 hours. Oh wow what a hike!! For more info on how to navigate the online reservation system, see this guide. This means that it is often rainier at Berg Lake than other places in the Rockies. Hiking near the toe of Robson Glacier and its mini-lake. If you’re in good shape and an experienced backpacker, you could hike all the way to the lake in 1 day. (And that’s why it’s called Berg Lake!). Switchback up the steep slope following cairns. Distance: 2km/1.2mi | Elevation Gain: 0m/0ft | Time: 30-40min | Difficulty: Super easy. Camp here if you want a quieter camp than the main Berg Lake camp. Absolutely entrancing! Although that is the length of the main trail, there are several side trails for hikers to explore. If you want protection from the weather, stay at Berg Lake camp just for the easy access to the shelter. This wide, easy section of trail makes for a great day hike of about 2.5 hours return trip. This means you’ll be doing a lot of steep climbing in this section of trail! For the 2021 season, reservations for the Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park will open January 2021 and must be made online. What to Bring: I’ve got a complete Berg Lake Trail packing list for you. Head down the slope then take the short side trail signed for Hargreaves Lake. At a minimum, you should do the Snowbird Pass hike – it’s gorgeous! However, the park rangers want you to take them with you since the food inside can attract animals. Don’t forget to admire the view of the Berg Glacier on your way down. See directions below. 2 0 obj We plan to go to the US and canada in the next year or so. If you’re worried about leaving things in your car while you hike, the visitor centre has lockers for rent. The campground isn’t actually anywhere near Emperor Falls, but it is located right next to the beautiful Robson River. Directions: From the Berg Lake campground follow the main trail past Rearguard and Robson Pass campgrounds. Record your own trail from the Wikiloc app, upload the route and share it with the community. It’s located just over the BC/Alberta border from Jasper National Park. A few hundred meters after that, look for the junction for the Snowbird Pass trail on your right. From the mini-lake, continue following the rock cairned trail as it steeply switch backs uphill past some warning signs. The same goes for the descent: you can do it in one day, but many people prefer to split it into two days. A few hundred meters after leaving the Marmot Campground you’ll pass the intersection for the Hargreaves Lake trail. Be sure to store your food and toiletries inside to protect it from animals, including bears. It’s a midsized camp but it has a large common area with picnic tables and a lean to shelter. There are a few side trails that you can take for a closer look. The main trail stretches about 23 kilometres, gaining just under 800 metres in elevation over that length. Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3954m (12,972ft), towers over Berg Lake. You’ll be walking through a temperate rain forest with lots of big cedars, hemlocks and ferns. It’s a wilderness trail so you need to collect water from streams, then filter or boil it to ensure it is safe to drink. The view of Berg Lake and the Berg Glacier from near Hargreaves Lake. Day 5: Hike out to the trailhead if you stopped at Whitehorn or Kinney. There’s a large info board with a map. Thank you for all your helpful tips and info on each trail – what a fantastic post 🙂, Wow, Taryn – this is awesomely detailed and I like the way you have formatted it with tables (Distance markers and all). When you make a reservation, you reserve which campground you will be staying in, but you don’t reserve any particular site. You can make reservations online or via phone through the BC Parks reservation service. Best time to hike is July to early September. At the top of the valley, the trail levels out and follows the river to the shores of Berg Lake. This September, 2018 I finally made the drive to the Rockies to hike the Berg Lake Trail. (The bigger campgrounds have two or three). Some years the snow may melt a bit earlier than mid-June, but not usually. I share advice, info and inspiration about my happy place: The Great Outdoors. Directions: Follow the directions for the Robson Glacier Toe hike (above). We are planning to go before the reservable dates, do you know how exaclty do bookings work? Note: This hike used to be a loop but a landslide in 2018 has closed part of the trail. It has been rebuilt over the years but is still very rustic. ©Taryn Eyton 2014-2020 All Rights Reserved, Bridge at the bottom of Valley of a Thousand Falls hill, Robson Pass campground AND Mumm Basin Trail fork, Robson River flats across from Whitehorn Mountain, Beside Robson River upstream of Emperor Falls, Robon River flats across from Rearguard Mountain, Click here for Google maps driving directions, Click here to get $45 off your first Airbnb stay, How to Leave No Trace (And Why it’s Important! You’ll start to get views of the lake and the dirt-speckled Mist glacier. This short and flat hike heads to the toe of the massive Robson Glacier. There are also bonus views of Hargreaves Lake and the Hargreaves Glacier. This means there are opportunities for beginner to advanced backcountry hikers along the way. Directions: From Berg Lake campground continue on the trail past Rearguard camp to Robson Pass campground. North Boundary (Adolphus to Berg Lake) is a 4,704 m black diamond singletrack trail located near Jasper Alberta. Do you think that it’s possible to do the trail in mid-May or early June or the possible snow makes it impossible ? The trail is 21km one way (42km return). From here you have a 2km climb up Whitehorn hill. After 4.5km you’ll reach a wide bridge crossing the Robson River at the outlet of Kinney Lake. Hammocks: Not permitted as they can damage the trees. Crossing the Whitehorn suspension bridge during a September snowstorm. The trail builders did an amazing job across the rock slide: The path is remarkably smooth and they have built some great retaining walls. Our family of 4 hiked only upto Kinney Lake. Thankfully, the reservation fee isn’t too expensive: It’s $6 per tent per night, up to a maximum of $18. You aren’t allowed to sleep in them. If you’re hoping to improve your hiking experience, we highly recommend Iceberg Lake hike. Print out the map, then tuck it inside a ziploc bag for use on the trail. The rangers will check and ask you to leave. Many also have a wooden wash stand that comes with a plastic wash basin you can do your dishes in. (I measured!) The rangers sometimes put up a tarp over the tables. From Berg Lake you can see the spectacular Berg glacier running down the steep face of Mount Robson. Wow, what a trip! The trail is typically snow-covered until mid-June. After the two trails meet back up, you’ll cross two bridges over branches of the Robson River. Hi! Directions: From Berg Lake continue towards Rearguard camp then branch right onto the trail to Snowbird Pass. Be sure to wander down to the the gravel flats in front of the campground to get a better view of the valley and Whitehorn Mountain. Across Berg Lake is Mt. To reach Snowbird Pass, follow the trail uphill beside a stream through the meadow. This trail climbs up behind the Robson Pass campground for great views of Berg Lake, Mount Robson and Reaguard Mountain. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to read more about day hikes at Berg Lake. As always, be sure to Leave No Trace. Each campground has at least one outhouse. Since it is a 21km hike in with 800m of elevation gain, many people split the ascent to Berg Lake into 2 days. Thank you so much for this. Distance: 21km/13mi return | Elevation Gain: 785m/2575ft | Time: 7-9 hours | Difficulty: Very Hard. Iceberg Lake is a popular hiking destination, and the trail that gets you there adds to the experience. This post is sooo brilliantly detailed and the photos look so amazing. /Length 56217 Distance: 6km/3.7mi return | Elevation Gain: 50m/160ft | Time: 1.5-2 hours | Difficulty: Easy. This is the last campground on the Berg Lake trail, so most descriptions stop here, but the trail actually continues on. 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To the left is a scree hillside. We spilt up our hike over 5 days so we’d have lots of time to enjoy the scenery and to go on day hikes from our base at Berg Lake Campground. Description: The trail follows the Robson River. There are also other cute cabins in Tete Jaune Cache. This looks like a trail my husband and I would love hiking! There’s also a fork in the trail here. The trail follows the Robson river from the south face to the north face of the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies Mt. A challenging route marked by rock cairns (caution required), it provides spectacular views of the back of Mount Robson. In this post I’ll tell you everything you ever wanted to know to plan your own trip. You can read more about what to bring in my Berg Lake Trail Packing List post. The smaller campgrounds all have at least one picnic table. This flat section of trail follows the lakeshore between the Marmot and Berg Lake campgrounds. The sign says it is a 500m walk, but don’t worry, it’s only about 200m each way. It’s a historic log cabin with picnic tables and a wood stove. All the campsites have a marked grey water pit where you can pour your dishwater or strain the water out of your pasta. Watch for drop-offs. To meet demand for this world class destination, the Berg Lake Trail is 100% reservable in advance of arrival. %PDF-1.1 First and foremost, the trail needs to be booked online here. Iceberg Lake Trail was one of the longest day hikes we’ve done, and it was a great introduction to and training for extended day hikes and overnight trips in Glacier National Park. Just wondering if there are water sources between Kinney and Berg Lake. Most of these hikes are beyond what my darn ankle and knee can handle, but I can enjoy the beauty through your photos. It is partly fed by the Berg Glacier. The Berg Lake Trail technically isn’t in Alberta or Jasper, but it’s just down the highway from the edge of Jasper National Park, and it would be a shame to miss this incredible trail. You can Mist Glacier in the background. Since it’s in British Columbia, it’s on Pacific time. Thanks for this awesome post, Taryn! Helicopters: If you have the cash, you can pay to fly in to Robson Pass on a helicopter. Have a great hike! Afterwards you’ll climb steadily but gently uphill next to the Robson glacier on a moraine. See more ideas about Lake, Trail, Hiking. Or do you fill at water stations and boil, or do you need your own drinking water filtration system for this hike? The campground has an open sided cooking shelter and lots of tent sites. %���� Am going in a few weeks and planning has been so much easier with your information. If the trail is open again, follow it across the rocks using cairns to guide you. The tent pads are small and you’d only be able to fit one 2 or 3 person tent on each pad in most places (they aren’t all the same size). Get one that is lightweight, compact and has a full length waterproof rain fly. The park borders Jasper National Park and is the second oldest park in British Columbia. I hiked the trail in early September 2018 and we got hit with a snow storm on our last day! This section of trail is an old gravel road that climbs steadily uphill but is never steep. Would definitely recommend. stream It looks like you had an amazing adventure there!! You can get bad weather at any time up there, so this isn’t the place for a cheap big box store tent that will leak. The video, the Berg Lake trail map, and the description below are based on our second trip to Mount Robson, done as a backpack in 2011.We did a 2 night backpack, camping at Berg Lake and pushing on toward Snowbird Pass as a day hike, but there are several great … There’s a parking lot with a covered picnic shelter and an outhouse at the trailhead. One kilometer from the Berg lake campground you’ll pass the Rearguard campground. Hi, I’m Taryn! You’ll pass by a sign that marks the spot where the toe of the glacier used to reach 100 years ago – it’s retreated over a kilometer since then. There are many day hikes that can be enjoyed from the Berg Lake trailhead, or from the many campgrounds along the trail. It is not in a Canadian National Park so you don’t need a National Parks pass from Parks Canada. Bikes: You can bike the first 7km of the trail to the end of Kinney Lake but you aren’t permitted to bike further than that. Turn left and follow it back to the Berg Lake campground. When you make your reservation you’ll also need to pay backcountry camping fees. Most people choose to camp at Robson Pass camp if they can’t make a booking for Berg Lake camp. The Berg Lake Trail is so high traffic that the park rangers have installed wash stands and grey water pits to try to keep dishwashing water out of the lake and streams. Berg Lake Anyway, a beatiful hike! �D(�� �y�3��R�"7��a�h[����4 `.Ƥ���N4˄�D*�DbqPT� � �"���p �(c�H�`1�A~�D�dRAT�d0�MC!��P2���Qp�� �%h���5�+`�5v{I G3��g(�S��ih�k'��7��\2�X$�:���j�#A�"�.�QͰ��@`8�Rhz��X4�l)!�GI��Y�͈�7�v����1�8�A�ہ����(k��0.�����:�?���o#6,���C�V���nвP�`�7�P�����)[2��� �� I��0��;�C� � �.�"�7��� .P�bլa����.�Ȯ�f�H �0��K�(����4��I{��7��"���4�5�ܱ�Khj���c�O)|.Eb�0*R���T;��Qm(h���Bilƶ����1��\��S�Z�54Q��5����ӊ0�,�S����a���*�{1ؐ�ࣴ!���*�8�բ-8a��ؔk1ٍJѳk"6��t�R��W��bC+�Z�7�k���r�[{.M�58Ѩ#��/C� @�Ө���b���pdҹ-CᐥnE/�:������.����1� Find the best trails in Mount Robson, British Columbia (Canada). (And therefore from BC into Alberta. Turn left for a short side trail that leads to a picnic area. It’s set in the trees just above the gravel flats at end of Berg Lake. Along the way you’ll pass by Kinney Lake before climbing steeply up through The Valley of A Thousand Falls. I would plan on one tent per pad unless both tents are 1 person tents. Berg Lake Trail Map: Click the map to view a printable version. The exact date hasn’t been announced yet, but I’ll update this post when it is. You’ll know you’ve reached the top when you spot the suspension bridge. The turn around point of the hike is the summit of Snowbird Pass. Navigation along the trail and the day hikes are straightforward. >> July and August have the best weather, but the trail is also the busiest during those months. If you want to day hike the Snowbird Pass trail, you should know that it is closed until July 1st each year to protect the caribou calving grounds. This great loop hike includes a waterfall, great views of Berg Lake, Berg Glacier and Mount Robson. People travel from all over the world to do this trip. This is the smallest campsite. Robson. I plan to head to the Banff area next year so I’m hoping to see a ‘gimpse’ of this terrain there. You’ll gain 500m over 5km! Falls of the Pool in the Valley of a Thousand Falls, Distance: 5km/3.1mi Elevation Gain: 520m/1700ft Time: 2.5-4 hours | Difficulty: Hard. We met Americans, Austrians, Mexicans… oh and a bunch of Canadians from all over the country. At 3,954 metres, Mount Robson is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, offering outstanding views. This is the landslide area so you may have to turn around here and retrace your steps. You will need to be totally self-sufficient on the trail and carry in everything you will need for your trip – right down to the toilet paper! /Filter /LZWDecode Thank you! Camping here puts you close to the trailheads for both the Snowbird Pass and Mumm Basin day hikes. The 800m of trail after leaving Whitehorn campground is quite level as it travels across some gravel flats. Because believe me, after seeing these photos, you’ll want to go. Those are $10 per person per night. Distance: 4.5km/2.8mi | Elevation Gain: 150m/500ft | Time: 1-2 hours | Difficulty: Easy. -Taryn. However, some years the snow can linger into early July or start to fall again in late September. The Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park is one of Canada’s premiere multi-day hiking trips. The shelters are for cooking and hanging out. Points of interest found in the park include First night was at Kinney Lake, 2nd night Emperor Falls, 3rd night Berg Lake and final night at Whitehorn.… Stay on the main trail for the fastest route to the shelter. You’ll need to know your party size, age category of each membe… Toilet paper is not supplied so be sure to bring your own. The rangers may also have strung up a big tarp over some of the picnic tables at this camp. The Berg Lake Trail is located minutes from the Mountain River Lodge, this is one of the classic Rocky Mountain trails. Our Berg Lake Trail hiking experience 1- From trailhead to Kinney Lake. AWESOME POST! Take a print-out or screen shot of your reservation confirmation email to the Mount Robson visitor centre on the day you start your hike. Inside there are four picnic tables, lots of hooks for hanging jackets and a wood stove for emergencies. Reservations open on October 1, the year before you will be hiking it. Plan is to stay: 1 nt in Whitehorn, 2 nts in Berg Lake and 1 nt in Kinney. Berg Lake Trail Hargreaves Lake Route Toboggan Falls Route Mumm Basin Route Snowbird Pass Route Picnic Area Information Meals, Gasoline Telephone Ranger Cabin 2 3 5 4 6 7 LEGEND Parking Viewing Shelter - day use only Campsites Wilderness Camping Tent Pads Washrooms Mountain Biking? Difficulty: Moderate, especially if you split the ascent to Berg Lake over two days. This is also the only section of the trail where you won’t encounter any water sources, so be sure to fill up your water bottles before you head up the hill. That hike looks incredible – the photos are amazing, but the view must have been breathtaking in person! This multi-use trail can be used both directions. Some of the campsites at Kinney are right on the lakeshore with a beautiful view – probably the prettiest campsites on the whole trail. Unless you plan to travel off-trail in the backcountry, the map below is the only one you’ll need for the Berg Lake Trail. You’ll walk in the forest for about 1.5km before emerging on a gravel slope with a view of Berg Lake. The trail network in the main section of the park is limited to pretty much one specific trail (Berg Lake Trail). Day 3: Day hike to Snowbird Pass. The Whitehorn and Kinney Lake campgrounds have large roofed shelters with open sides and four picnic tables inside. Exhilarating, spellbinding, and magical; one of Canada’s greatest treasures! Robson with its glaciers flowing into Berg Lake. Click on the map below to view a printable PDF. To avoid carrying a stupidly heavy pack, choose lightweight backpacking gear rather than heavy conventional camping gear. The rangers will give you a brief orientation and go over some safety info and park rules. The weather in the mountains is also often very cold and wet so be sure to pack accordingly. To meet demand for this world class destination, the Berg Lake Trail is 100% reservable in advance of arrival. About 7.5 from the trailhead, the route climbs up beside a stream and enters a wide meadow with lots of active marmots. Wow honestly how are all Canada hikes so stunning?! Soon you’ll arrive at the Kinney Lake Campground with its open-sided shelter. The Whitehorn shelter has a wood stove but you are only allowed to use it in an emergency. Hikes from Berg Lake include Mumm Basin-Hargreaves Glacier, Toboggan Falls, Emperor Falls, and Snowbird Pass. So much to learn not only about the wonderful trek but also about how to perfect the art of sharing and drafting information!! Looking back to Kinney Lake from the Whitehorn Hill, Distance: 4km/2.5mi | Elevation Gain: 100m/325ft | Time: 1-2 hours | Difficulty: Moderate. The trail crosses a gravelly section next to the lake before heading back in to the trees. The trail can start or end in Robson Pass or Berg Lake campsites. This is a big loop trail and you won’t regret it. For more information on trail stats and how to acquire one of the coveted camping permits check out our Berg Lake Trail Guide. Unless you plan to travel off-trail in the backcountry, the map below is the only one you’ll need for the Berg Lake Trail. Love the blog too, off for a read of some other posts now. Distance: 7km/4.3mi loop or up to 10km/6mi out and back trip | Elevation Gain: 450m/1475ft | Time: 3.5-5 hours | Difficulty: Hard. If you’re tired or out of time, the meadow is beautiful enough to make a good turn around point. This is a smaller campground with no shelter and no real scenery. 4 Reviews of Berg Lake "Backpacked the Berg Lake area for 5 days over the BC day weekend. Day 2: Hike to Berg Lake campground. I recommend 4 or 5. Such a comprehensive guide. Leaving the meadows behind, and now on rock, the trail reaches Robson Lake about 0.9 miles from the trailhead. Thanks for your support. After discovering it for the first time in 1992, when we had no reservation and therefore could not do it, we went a second time this year, with our son, and we managed to do it in 2 days – of course, it would have been good to stay longer, but the weather was so-so. Once you’ve enjoyed the view, follow the trail downhill across the gravel and glacial outwash. My home is in Vancouver but my heart is in the mountains. It has a maze of trails leading to campsites in the forest – none of them have views of the lake. There are a mix of raised wooden platforms and dirt tent pads on the Berg Lake trail. The Berg Lake Trail is really popular and people come from all over the world to hike it. Looking down Toboggan Falls towards Berg Lake, Distance: 6km/3.7mi loop | Elevation gain: 300m/985ft | Time: 2.5-3.5 hours | Difficulty: Moderate. So glad you liked the guide! Cost: $10/person/night plus reservation fees of $6/tent pad/night (up to a max of $18). Hi Taryn, thanks for your detailed guide to this hike, it has been very helpful! It’s also worth noting that you’ll need to share the picnic tables with other campers. Berg Lake Trail is a 13 km blue singletrack trail located near Valemount British Columbia. To hike the trail you will need a permit. Berg Lake Trail Map This map includes an overview of the main route for the Berg Lake Trail. Located just 7km from the parking lot, Kinney Lake Campground is a great first night camp if you start the trail late in the day. However, the tent sites are all very close together or very close to the trail. Click on the map … The glacier has retreated, leaving a flat plain behind. For a full list of what to pack, see my complete Berg Lake Trail packing list, with specific gear recommendations. Oh, and BTW, Mount Robson is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. In some places the trail is quite close to the rushing river. This is THE day hike at Berg Lake. If you come before then, it’s first come first served and you need to check in and pay at the visitor centre before you start the trail. It heads through the forest and then climbs a small hill on some short but steep switchbacks. There is a 4 way intersection on the far side of the bridge. This multi-use trail can be used both directions. You took absolutely gorgeous photos! It reaches an alpine meadow full of wildflowers before heading above treeline. And speaking of glaciers! Click here for Google maps driving directions. I recommend adding one or two days to your trip to devote to day hikes. Location: Mount Robson Provincial Park in the Canadian Rockies, 1 hour west of Jasper. The Robson glacier from the Snowbird Pass trail. After leaving the Berg Lake campground, the trail crosses a bridge. Cooking dinner on the river flats in front of Whitehorn campground. There’s no shelter here but there is an amazing view of Berg Lake and the Berg glacier. After the rock slide the trail goes down to another river flats section. Crossing the rock slide on the way to Marmot camp. The path is wide but there’s a steep drop off so watch your step. After Kinney Lake bridge the trail stops looking like a road and more like a trail. First timer here, hoping to hike the trail in 2020 … Just a quick question – are there water fill stations along the way with potable (drinking) water? For the 2021 season, reservations for the Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park will open January 2021 and must be made online. It’s located on highway 16 in Mount Robson provincial park. The Berg Lake trail is a popular area and it is also environmentally sensitive. Eventually you will reach a signed junction with a side trail to Emperor Falls. The Berg Lake Trail is located in Mount Robson Provincial Park in the Canadian Rockies. There are large metal lockers at each campground. Confusingly, this smaller campground is located about half a kilometer above Emperor Falls. The star of the show is the Berg Glacier, tumbling down the slope of Mount Robson into the lake. The Berg glacier descending from Mount Robson. There are frequent info signs and maps so it’s almost impossible to get lost. There are no water refill stations on the Berg Lake trail. To the left is forest. We did the trip including two nights at Berg Lake in 4 and 1/2 days in the middle of Oct. Only encountered 4″ snow at the top of Toboggan Falls at this time of yr. << I brought a water filter on my trip. Keep it up. Go right for an outhouse. You’ll get some peek-a-boo views of Kinney Lake before dropping right back down to lake level again. These shelters protect you from the rain but still let the wind blow in from the sides. Hi Taryn, thank you so much for this amazing post. Hiker, adventure traveller, Leave No Trace trainer and connoisseur of alpine meadows. There’s an open sided cooking shelter here. So glad you had such a wonderful time Ralph. The temperature can also vary a LOT at Berg Lake. Backpacking Berg Lake is an amazing adventure found in the wilderness of Mount Robson Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada. Cross the bridge to reach the Whitehorn campground. This post focuses on our experience of hiking the trail. Cross a heavy duty bridge and get your first view of the Valley of a Thousand Falls. It’s also a good last night camp if you’re coming all the way down from Berg Lake. Hi Adria, You need a reservation to camp between June 12 and September 30th. Mount Robson is the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies! If you want a hotel, you can book accommodation at bit farther away in Jasper or Valemount. If you’re splitting up the climb to Berg Lake into two days, Whitehorn Campground is the most logical stopping point on your first day. You’ll get some of the best views of Berg Lake and Mount Robson while also checking out some of the other campgrounds. Of course the temperature can often be much colder than that, so bring warm clothing. Thanks in advance. Maximum Group Size: 12 people to minimize impact. Bring a print out or screen shot on your phone of your reservation confirmation to show the rangers. Proper exposures, focus and definition were sadly lacking in 50% of pix….a fault of the limited function of a tiny cell phone lens. The right fork climbs 30 meters up a bluff, then descends back down. Hi ! Some of the pads are small enough that a 4 person tent might not fit. It’s such a beautiful place: Go make your reservations now! There’s a bike rack here since this is the furthest you’re allowed to ride a bike. The rangers there will give you a laminated permit tag to take with you on the trail. Berg Lake Trail Reservation Information. However, the glacial sediments remain and give Adolphus Lake its bright blue colour. The Robson Pass campsite has a small dirt floored shelter lean-to shelter. The Hargreaves Shelter at Berg Lake Campground. Distance: 5.5km/3.4mi return | Elevation Gain: 0m/0ft | Time: 1.5-2 hours | Difficulty: Easy. We started up the Berg Lake Trailhead, but didn’t have enough time to reach Berg Glacier. Such wonderful photos and really thorough write up. Berg Lake Trail Map. Hi Pam. As you approach the Berg Lake campground there will be a side trail heading uphill to the campsites. The Berg Lake Trail takes you to the shores of Berg Lake where you get great views of the Berg Glacier. Seeing it in the snow must have been so spectacular. Past the Emperor Falls junction you’ll continue walking uphill for another half kilometer to reach the Emperor Falls campground. Distance: 2.8km/1.7mi | Elevation Gain: 30m/100ft | Time: 45min-1 hour | Difficulty: Easy. And FYI: you must stay only in the campgrounds you have reserved or you will be taking up a spot that someone else has reserved. You might be tempted to leave your heavy backpack at the junction. Past here the trail emerges from the forest and travels near the edge of the canyon. It sits right next to Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Kinney Lake near the Kinney Lake Campground, Distance: 2.5km/1.5mi | Elevation Gain: 30m/100ft | Time: 40min-1 hour | Difficulty: Easy. Berg Lake trail map courtesy of BC Parks There’s lots of awesome stuff going on with this trail! The Berg Glacier cascades down the side of the mountain into the lake where it breaks off and forms icebergs. No dogs are allowed on overnight trips. To manage the crowds, the park rangers have made all campsites on the trail 100% reservable between mid-June and the end of September. On sunny summer days highs up of up 30C (86F) are possible, with the temperature dipping to less than 10C (50F) at night. Outside there is a covered front porch with benches. Feb 26, 2020 - Explore Tracey Sawatzky's board "HIKE THE BERG LAKE TRAIL", followed by 1512 people on Pinterest. The park rangers have put a few rules in place to protect the area. P. Title: F:\bc_parks_99\2000_maps\berglake_map_colour.cdr But if you head around the side of Mount Robson, you can see the much larger Robson Glacier as it ends at it’s own mini-lake. Soon you’ll pass a ranger cabin, then arrive at the Robson Pass campground. The trail is usually snow-free from June until late September. The Berg Lake Trail is an iconic 21 kilometer linear hike in the heart of the Canadian Rockies that has awe inspired hikers for decades. There are frequent info signs and maps so it’s almost impossible to get lost. Your guide is amazing and your pictures are stunning – thank you for taking the time to put up all this information!!! If you get to the campground earlier in the day you’ll have a choice of empty sites. If it’s open there will be a posted sign that letting you know that the flats are open to hikers. The trail reaches the Robson River almost immediately, and then follows the silt-laden water up to its source at the small, glacier-fed Robson Lake. The Berg Lake trail is one of the premier, and most popular backcountry trails in the Canadian Rockies. The closest towns to the trail are Jasper, Alberta (1 hour to the east along highway 16), and Valemount, BC (30 minutes to the south west via highway 16 and highway 5). As you finally reach the shore of Berg Lake, you’ll arrive at Marmot Campground and get your first good views of the Berg glacier as it runs down into the lake. FYI: There’s a $5 service charge for phone bookings. If possible, take the left fork across the flats as it is faster and easier. I would love to hike this trail and will add it to the bucket list. It’s possible to hike up to Berg Lake and back in one day, but it would likely take over 14 hours. Oh wow what a hike!! For more info on how to navigate the online reservation system, see this guide. This means that it is often rainier at Berg Lake than other places in the Rockies. Hiking near the toe of Robson Glacier and its mini-lake. If you’re in good shape and an experienced backpacker, you could hike all the way to the lake in 1 day. (And that’s why it’s called Berg Lake!). Switchback up the steep slope following cairns. Distance: 2km/1.2mi | Elevation Gain: 0m/0ft | Time: 30-40min | Difficulty: Super easy. Camp here if you want a quieter camp than the main Berg Lake camp. Absolutely entrancing! Although that is the length of the main trail, there are several side trails for hikers to explore. If you want protection from the weather, stay at Berg Lake camp just for the easy access to the shelter. This wide, easy section of trail makes for a great day hike of about 2.5 hours return trip. This means you’ll be doing a lot of steep climbing in this section of trail! For the 2021 season, reservations for the Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park will open January 2021 and must be made online. What to Bring: I’ve got a complete Berg Lake Trail packing list for you. Head down the slope then take the short side trail signed for Hargreaves Lake. At a minimum, you should do the Snowbird Pass hike – it’s gorgeous! However, the park rangers want you to take them with you since the food inside can attract animals. Don’t forget to admire the view of the Berg Glacier on your way down. See directions below. 2 0 obj We plan to go to the US and canada in the next year or so. If you’re worried about leaving things in your car while you hike, the visitor centre has lockers for rent. The campground isn’t actually anywhere near Emperor Falls, but it is located right next to the beautiful Robson River. Directions: From the Berg Lake campground follow the main trail past Rearguard and Robson Pass campgrounds. Record your own trail from the Wikiloc app, upload the route and share it with the community. It’s located just over the BC/Alberta border from Jasper National Park. A few hundred meters after that, look for the junction for the Snowbird Pass trail on your right. From the mini-lake, continue following the rock cairned trail as it steeply switch backs uphill past some warning signs. The same goes for the descent: you can do it in one day, but many people prefer to split it into two days. A few hundred meters after leaving the Marmot Campground you’ll pass the intersection for the Hargreaves Lake trail. Be sure to store your food and toiletries inside to protect it from animals, including bears. It’s a midsized camp but it has a large common area with picnic tables and a lean to shelter. There are a few side trails that you can take for a closer look. The main trail stretches about 23 kilometres, gaining just under 800 metres in elevation over that length. Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3954m (12,972ft), towers over Berg Lake. You’ll be walking through a temperate rain forest with lots of big cedars, hemlocks and ferns. It’s a wilderness trail so you need to collect water from streams, then filter or boil it to ensure it is safe to drink. The view of Berg Lake and the Berg Glacier from near Hargreaves Lake. Day 5: Hike out to the trailhead if you stopped at Whitehorn or Kinney. There’s a large info board with a map. Thank you for all your helpful tips and info on each trail – what a fantastic post 🙂, Wow, Taryn – this is awesomely detailed and I like the way you have formatted it with tables (Distance markers and all). When you make a reservation, you reserve which campground you will be staying in, but you don’t reserve any particular site. You can make reservations online or via phone through the BC Parks reservation service. Best time to hike is July to early September. At the top of the valley, the trail levels out and follows the river to the shores of Berg Lake. This September, 2018 I finally made the drive to the Rockies to hike the Berg Lake Trail. (The bigger campgrounds have two or three). Some years the snow may melt a bit earlier than mid-June, but not usually. I share advice, info and inspiration about my happy place: The Great Outdoors. Directions: Follow the directions for the Robson Glacier Toe hike (above). We are planning to go before the reservable dates, do you know how exaclty do bookings work? Note: This hike used to be a loop but a landslide in 2018 has closed part of the trail. It has been rebuilt over the years but is still very rustic. ©Taryn Eyton 2014-2020 All Rights Reserved, Bridge at the bottom of Valley of a Thousand Falls hill, Robson Pass campground AND Mumm Basin Trail fork, Robson River flats across from Whitehorn Mountain, Beside Robson River upstream of Emperor Falls, Robon River flats across from Rearguard Mountain, Click here for Google maps driving directions, Click here to get $45 off your first Airbnb stay, How to Leave No Trace (And Why it’s Important! You’ll start to get views of the lake and the dirt-speckled Mist glacier. This short and flat hike heads to the toe of the massive Robson Glacier. There are also bonus views of Hargreaves Lake and the Hargreaves Glacier. This means there are opportunities for beginner to advanced backcountry hikers along the way. Directions: From Berg Lake campground continue on the trail past Rearguard camp to Robson Pass campground. North Boundary (Adolphus to Berg Lake) is a 4,704 m black diamond singletrack trail located near Jasper Alberta. Do you think that it’s possible to do the trail in mid-May or early June or the possible snow makes it impossible ? The trail is 21km one way (42km return). From here you have a 2km climb up Whitehorn hill. After 4.5km you’ll reach a wide bridge crossing the Robson River at the outlet of Kinney Lake. Hammocks: Not permitted as they can damage the trees. Crossing the Whitehorn suspension bridge during a September snowstorm. The trail builders did an amazing job across the rock slide: The path is remarkably smooth and they have built some great retaining walls. Our family of 4 hiked only upto Kinney Lake. Thankfully, the reservation fee isn’t too expensive: It’s $6 per tent per night, up to a maximum of $18. You aren’t allowed to sleep in them. If you’re hoping to improve your hiking experience, we highly recommend Iceberg Lake hike. Print out the map, then tuck it inside a ziploc bag for use on the trail. The rangers will check and ask you to leave. Many also have a wooden wash stand that comes with a plastic wash basin you can do your dishes in. (I measured!) The rangers sometimes put up a tarp over the tables. From Berg Lake you can see the spectacular Berg glacier running down the steep face of Mount Robson. Wow, what a trip! The trail is typically snow-covered until mid-June. After the two trails meet back up, you’ll cross two bridges over branches of the Robson River. Hi! Directions: From Berg Lake continue towards Rearguard camp then branch right onto the trail to Snowbird Pass. Be sure to wander down to the the gravel flats in front of the campground to get a better view of the valley and Whitehorn Mountain. Across Berg Lake is Mt. To reach Snowbird Pass, follow the trail uphill beside a stream through the meadow. This trail climbs up behind the Robson Pass campground for great views of Berg Lake, Mount Robson and Reaguard Mountain. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to read more about day hikes at Berg Lake. As always, be sure to Leave No Trace. Each campground has at least one outhouse. Since it is a 21km hike in with 800m of elevation gain, many people split the ascent to Berg Lake into 2 days. Thank you so much for this. Distance: 21km/13mi return | Elevation Gain: 785m/2575ft | Time: 7-9 hours | Difficulty: Very Hard. Iceberg Lake is a popular hiking destination, and the trail that gets you there adds to the experience. This post is sooo brilliantly detailed and the photos look so amazing. /Length 56217 Distance: 6km/3.7mi return | Elevation Gain: 50m/160ft | Time: 1.5-2 hours | Difficulty: Easy. This is the last campground on the Berg Lake trail, so most descriptions stop here, but the trail actually continues on. From these camp sites, you can take a day hike on the Hargreaves Lake Route to Toboggon Falls and Robson Pass. In my opinion, most people will want to spend about 4 or 5 days on the trail: Day 1: Hike to Whitehorn campground. Loved this post 🙂. View of Berg Lake and the Berg Glacier from near Marmot campground. From berg Lake campsite the trip is 22 km, return. The trailhead is located 2km from the visitor centre. Never leave garbage behind in the food locker – pack it out with you. To do this trip each tent ) about Lake, Berg Glacier cascades down the slope of Robson... The intersection for the fastest route to the ranger cabin, then downhill! 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Berg Lake is reached at mile 10.9, its turquoise waters to the right of the trail. This tight gorge channels the Robson River rapidly downhill. (The trees aren’t very big up in the alpine.). We had a blast on this backpacking trip. Day Hikes from Berg Lake. Kinney Lake is a beautiful light blue colour thanks to the glacial sediment in the water. You’ll climb up beside the huge Robson Glacier, then turn away from it into a gorgeous alpine meadow. Thanks for supporting my website! There are a few days in the area, from easy to difficult. In July of 2019, I hiked the Berg Lake Trail. The Berg Lake trail is very popular and requires early booking to get the dates you want. The left fork goes down on to the gravel river flats. ����S�D%�,)��zR��O)P���_��JLǖ1�F4!K��=.R� �2Zye蔆^w�t�1%+}�*$:��A(ST�(�Uj�NTuZ�>G�T�f�j5A�DYE�:�����Դ���F�1F2�J\�,�z�@��oH�4�%M(Ԫ��!y�2�^����f"U��M���G�yQ�ѥ�(�NR�,�/Um4��)͘�Z ҥY��k�����lR�� It begins down in a temperate rain forest before climbing high up into the alpine to a brilliant blue glacier-fed lake. Such a comprehensive guide and amazing, amazing photos. It's in British Columbia Canada's Mount Robson Provincial Park. There are a few interpretive signs along the way. Berg Lake is at an elevation of 1640m (5410ft). Your photos are stunning!! Just before the suspension bridge there is a side trail to the ranger cabin. While planning the hike, I had troubles finding specific information about the 7 campsites along the trail. Opening hours are 8am to 7pm 7 days a week in the summer. Unfortunately Greyhound has ended their service in Western Canada, so there is no public transportation to the park. Best Time to Go: The trail is snow-free from June to September. For added security, you can download the trail map and our GPS trail recording (GPX file). Hi David. The Berg Lake trail is well marked and easy to follow. If you want to camp, there are car campgrounds in the provincial park near the visitor centre. The Berg Lake Trail is known far and wide as a world-class backcountry hiking trail. Just one question, do we need to get the Parks Canada pass for this trip like we did for WestCoast? If you are comfortable biking with an overnight pack, using a bike for the first section could make your trip a little faster. Fires: No fires are allowed. The lake lies just over the border. You’ll cross the border from Mount Robson Provincial Park into Jasper National Park. Hey there: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you if you make a purchase. I was in a constant state of amazement and wonder; taking nearly 800 pix and would have taken more had not battery power ran out. The trail is often a few meters above the lake level and there are a couple of great places to stop and look at the Berg glacier through the gaps in the trees. Bring a camp stove for cooking. The parks employee at the trail registration desk told them no – with it being the long weekend and blue skies in the forecast – there was no chance and she sent them elsewhere. Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links. There are a few day use shelters on the trail. The campground is right on the lake, which is a gorgeous light blue colour. The turquoise colored Berg Lake is dotted with icebergs even in the middle of summer. The Berg Lake trail starts at the Mt Robson Visitor Centre an hours drive from Jasper. As you drop back into the forest you’ll join the Toboggan Falls trail, which will take you back downhill to the Berg Lake campground. Many of the picnic tables have a metal overlay at one end. Snowbird Pass Route starts off flat in the meadows of the Berg Lake Valley. Going again next yr with a decent camera instead of a cell phone. ), Bear Safety for Hikers, Campers and Backpackers, BC Backpacking Reservation Dates You Need to Know, Your Guide to Camping and Hiking at Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park, Rockwall Trail Guide: Everything You Need to Know. This is a truly wonderful hike.Not much … However, due to COVID-19, reservations for 2021 will open in January. This is the biggest and most popular campsite on the trail. The Berg Lake Trail is one of the best backpacking destinations in the Canadian Rockies as it circles around Mount Robson while following the Robson River and passes by … Follow the trail beside the Robson River. The Berg Lake trail is well marked and easy to follow. Past there, the trail heads over Robson Pass, then goes downhill into Jasper National Park in Alberta. More information about the Berg Lake Trail The larger campgrounds have more. Which means you’ll also cross from Pacific time into Mountain time!) Although I guess I can say I saw Berg Lake in the snow… except it was a white out so all I saw was snow 🙂. There are wood stoves in the shelters at the Whitehorn and Berg Lake campsites, but they can only be used in an emergency. Distance: 2.2km/1.4mi | Elevation Gain: 0m/0ft | Time: 30-40min | Difficulty: Super easy. This post is really helpful! There are a few short switchbacks, but it’s mostly a steady climb through the forest. After you leave the trees follow a worn path and cairns through the gravel to reach the mini-lake at the toe of the Robson Glacier. This fully enclosed log cabin shelter started its life as part of a horse outfitters camp. Our Berg Lake Trail experience was during the … The trailhead for Toboggan Falls is right after the bridge. The Berg Glacier is on the shaded north side of Mount Robson, which protects it from the heat of the sun. Continue steadily uphill in the forest for another kilometre to Falls of the Pool viewpoint. However, it’s an easy and flat hike from here to Berg Lake and the day hikes. It's a moderate backpack that offers abundant opportunities for photographers, and wildflower and wildlife viewing. In just a few minutes you’ll be walking up next to the sloped rock slabs of the falls. The helicopters are only allowed to land on Mondays and Fridays. Backcountry campgrounds along this trail are all managed by Mount Robson Provincial Park, so only 1 reservation system is needed. This hike is in Mount Robson Provincial Park, which is a BC Provincial Park. The trail reaches the north end of Berg Lake at mile 12.1, and continues across beautiful land to reach Alberta at mile 13.8 where it becomes Moose River Route. Berg Lake is a lake on the Robson River just below the river's source located within Mount Robson Provincial Park, at the doorstep of the north face of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. There are lots of water sources in that stretch with the easiest access sources being at the Whitehorn and Emperor Falls campsites and the bridge at the bottom of the Valley of a Thousand Falls. Our first year we saw what happens when you don’t book ahead. Discover the most beautiful places, download GPS tracks and follow the top routes itinerary on a map. The trail celebrates not only the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies, but also highlights the magnificent Mount … Suggestions? At the bottom of the hill you’ll intersect the main trail. The Berg Lake Trail is a world-renowned backcountry hiking trail. It also is high enough in the mountains that it can snow in any month. I have to make it from Kinney to the Berg Lake camp in one day and want to clean as I go as much as possible, to reduce how much water I am carrying. The trail starts with a wide bridge across the Robson River. Plus its only 1km to the Berg Lake campsite where you can cook inside the Hargreaves Shelter if the weather turns bad. The rangers may ask to see them on the trail. However, the trail may be snowy and very cold in early June so pack warm gear. Previously, reservations opened on October 1st the year before your trip. All campers share the lockers so put all your stuff in bags to keep it organized and to leave space for others. Time: At least 2 Days. You can’t see or hear the falls from the campground! This camp is right next to the rushing Robson River and some of the sites are riverside. We stayed at an Airbnb in Tete Jaune Cache since it is about 15 minutes east of the visitor centre. While Berg Lake is spectacular, the surrounding area is arguably even more spectacular. There are great views towards Berg Lake and Rearguard Mountain. This is the best campsite if you want privacy and quiet, but still want to camp centrally. Just past the campground turn left on to the Mumm basin trail. You’ll definitely get hit with spray so wear a rain jacket. Directions: From the Hargreaves Shelter at the Berg Lake campground head north on the main trail, cross the bridge and go uphill on the Toboggan Falls trail. The Hargreaves Shelter is located here. Hang them on your backpack while you’re hiking and your tent when it’s set up. After the first few switch backs you will reach a viewpoint over White Falls. At the top of the switchbacks there’s a short section with a chain railing and some stairs. The rangers will give you your laminated permit tags (one for each tent). If you want to do any of the day hikes at Berg Lake, you’ll also want to allow time for that. Many people plan their trip on the Berg Lake Trail with a focus on Berg Lake itself. Berg Lake Trail. On rainier days or in June and September the highs are more like 15C (59F) with lows of 0C (32F) at night. I don’t think I saw any mention of it here. Avalanches are a danger on the trail when it is still snowy. Snowbird Pass Route (1 day): Snowbird Pass is closed May and June due to caribou calving. The Berg Lake trail is a serious mountain trek so you need a proper backpacking tent. Shortly after Emperor Falls camp, the trail curves away from the river and traverses a rock slide. A young couple thought they would be able to get a walk-on reservation. My home is in Vancouver but my heart is in the mountains. The time/distance between campsites is extremely helpful. It’s not directly glacier fed and pretty shallow, which makes it the best bet for swimming near Berg Lake. I am planning this hike for next year and wondering if you know how many 2-3 person tents can fit in a tent pad. Reach the alpine meadow then continue into rocky terrain above treeline. You will also need to head down to the basement to watch an orientation video. You’ll find the Hargreaves Shelter at the Berg Lake campground. The trail across the flats is not that well marked, so pay attention to stay on trail and cross the little bridges over the side channels. This guide has everything you need to know about hiking in this area. The best views of the whole trail are up here. If you purchase through these links I make a small commission at no cost to you. So many glaciers! The flats route is closed in times of high water. ���(d�0N����ʁe��i\�eF�ó0�d�Cr�ua�D�T@�~�!�CSg-Dx��J��:�%��1Tl �@�Qb٨�x�B���b��L������/>��4Ȩ�r��Ț"7?�|)����tn 9E����lڈ����A�1ٸ0��G$r��M��[T���D�Jr�ŝ�f@&�ޠ8�|$�ېi��Kr����p\� ��� �Kw%A)C�JT�s�U��蛃f";�l�kI4�WR��h͢�\Jry4N��H�8˜�>$�N��@��;h��=I�>�$�KjQٙ:O�h���.�(\�Q�8�H��o"�/Z�e(P�u However, I hear it’s still pretty cold. At breakfast and dinner times if you aren’t actively cooking or eating, leave the table someone else can use it. So there you go. Be sure to take the side trail to the falls since they are spectacular! In total, the one-way route from the parking lot to Berg Lake Campground is about 21 kilometers with an elevation gain of 1,083 meters. To start the trail you need to sign in at the Mount Robson visitor centre. Dogs: Allowed on leash for day hikes only. To the left is a scree hillside. We spilt up our hike over 5 days so we’d have lots of time to enjoy the scenery and to go on day hikes from our base at Berg Lake Campground. Description: The trail follows the Robson River. There are also other cute cabins in Tete Jaune Cache. This looks like a trail my husband and I would love hiking! There’s also a fork in the trail here. The trail follows the Robson river from the south face to the north face of the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies Mt. A challenging route marked by rock cairns (caution required), it provides spectacular views of the back of Mount Robson. In this post I’ll tell you everything you ever wanted to know to plan your own trip. You can read more about what to bring in my Berg Lake Trail Packing List post. The smaller campgrounds all have at least one picnic table. This flat section of trail follows the lakeshore between the Marmot and Berg Lake campgrounds. The sign says it is a 500m walk, but don’t worry, it’s only about 200m each way. It’s a historic log cabin with picnic tables and a wood stove. All the campsites have a marked grey water pit where you can pour your dishwater or strain the water out of your pasta. Watch for drop-offs. To meet demand for this world class destination, the Berg Lake Trail is 100% reservable in advance of arrival. %PDF-1.1 First and foremost, the trail needs to be booked online here. Iceberg Lake Trail was one of the longest day hikes we’ve done, and it was a great introduction to and training for extended day hikes and overnight trips in Glacier National Park. Just wondering if there are water sources between Kinney and Berg Lake. Most of these hikes are beyond what my darn ankle and knee can handle, but I can enjoy the beauty through your photos. It is partly fed by the Berg Glacier. The Berg Lake Trail technically isn’t in Alberta or Jasper, but it’s just down the highway from the edge of Jasper National Park, and it would be a shame to miss this incredible trail. You can Mist Glacier in the background. Since it’s in British Columbia, it’s on Pacific time. Thanks for this awesome post, Taryn! Helicopters: If you have the cash, you can pay to fly in to Robson Pass on a helicopter. Have a great hike! Afterwards you’ll climb steadily but gently uphill next to the Robson glacier on a moraine. See more ideas about Lake, Trail, Hiking. Or do you fill at water stations and boil, or do you need your own drinking water filtration system for this hike? The campground has an open sided cooking shelter and lots of tent sites. %���� Am going in a few weeks and planning has been so much easier with your information. If the trail is open again, follow it across the rocks using cairns to guide you. The tent pads are small and you’d only be able to fit one 2 or 3 person tent on each pad in most places (they aren’t all the same size). Get one that is lightweight, compact and has a full length waterproof rain fly. The park borders Jasper National Park and is the second oldest park in British Columbia. I hiked the trail in early September 2018 and we got hit with a snow storm on our last day! This section of trail is an old gravel road that climbs steadily uphill but is never steep. Would definitely recommend. stream It looks like you had an amazing adventure there!! You can get bad weather at any time up there, so this isn’t the place for a cheap big box store tent that will leak. The video, the Berg Lake trail map, and the description below are based on our second trip to Mount Robson, done as a backpack in 2011.We did a 2 night backpack, camping at Berg Lake and pushing on toward Snowbird Pass as a day hike, but there are several great … There’s a parking lot with a covered picnic shelter and an outhouse at the trailhead. One kilometer from the Berg lake campground you’ll pass the Rearguard campground. Hi, I’m Taryn! You’ll pass by a sign that marks the spot where the toe of the glacier used to reach 100 years ago – it’s retreated over a kilometer since then. There are many day hikes that can be enjoyed from the Berg Lake trailhead, or from the many campgrounds along the trail. It is not in a Canadian National Park so you don’t need a National Parks pass from Parks Canada. Bikes: You can bike the first 7km of the trail to the end of Kinney Lake but you aren’t permitted to bike further than that. Turn left and follow it back to the Berg Lake campground. When you make your reservation you’ll also need to pay backcountry camping fees. Most people choose to camp at Robson Pass camp if they can’t make a booking for Berg Lake camp. The Berg Lake Trail is so high traffic that the park rangers have installed wash stands and grey water pits to try to keep dishwashing water out of the lake and streams. Berg Lake Anyway, a beatiful hike! �D(�� �y�3��R�"7��a�h[����4 `.Ƥ���N4˄�D*�DbqPT� � �"���p �(c�H�`1�A~�D�dRAT�d0�MC!��P2���Qp�� �%h���5�+`�5v{I G3��g(�S��ih�k'��7��\2�X$�:���j�#A�"�.�QͰ��@`8�Rhz��X4�l)!�GI��Y�͈�7�v����1�8�A�ہ����(k��0.�����:�?���o#6,���C�V���nвP�`�7�P�����)[2��� �� I��0��;�C� � �.�"�7��� .P�bլa����.�Ȯ�f�H �0��K�(����4��I{��7��"���4�5�ܱ�Khj���c�O)|.Eb�0*R���T;��Qm(h���Bilƶ����1��\��S�Z�54Q��5����ӊ0�,�S����a���*�{1ؐ�ࣴ!���*�8�բ-8a��ؔk1ٍJѳk"6��t�R��W��bC+�Z�7�k���r�[{.M�58Ѩ#��/C� @�Ө���b���pdҹ-CᐥnE/�:������.����1� Find the best trails in Mount Robson, British Columbia (Canada). (And therefore from BC into Alberta. Turn left for a short side trail that leads to a picnic area. It’s set in the trees just above the gravel flats at end of Berg Lake. Along the way you’ll pass by Kinney Lake before climbing steeply up through The Valley of A Thousand Falls. I would plan on one tent per pad unless both tents are 1 person tents. Berg Lake Trail Map: Click the map to view a printable version. The exact date hasn’t been announced yet, but I’ll update this post when it is. You’ll know you’ve reached the top when you spot the suspension bridge. The turn around point of the hike is the summit of Snowbird Pass. Navigation along the trail and the day hikes are straightforward. >> July and August have the best weather, but the trail is also the busiest during those months. If you want to day hike the Snowbird Pass trail, you should know that it is closed until July 1st each year to protect the caribou calving grounds. This great loop hike includes a waterfall, great views of Berg Lake, Berg Glacier and Mount Robson. People travel from all over the world to do this trip. This is the smallest campsite. Robson. I plan to head to the Banff area next year so I’m hoping to see a ‘gimpse’ of this terrain there. You’ll gain 500m over 5km! Falls of the Pool in the Valley of a Thousand Falls, Distance: 5km/3.1mi Elevation Gain: 520m/1700ft Time: 2.5-4 hours | Difficulty: Hard. We met Americans, Austrians, Mexicans… oh and a bunch of Canadians from all over the country. At 3,954 metres, Mount Robson is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, offering outstanding views. This is the landslide area so you may have to turn around here and retrace your steps. You will need to be totally self-sufficient on the trail and carry in everything you will need for your trip – right down to the toilet paper! /Filter /LZWDecode Thank you! Camping here puts you close to the trailheads for both the Snowbird Pass and Mumm Basin day hikes. The 800m of trail after leaving Whitehorn campground is quite level as it travels across some gravel flats. Because believe me, after seeing these photos, you’ll want to go. Those are $10 per person per night. Distance: 4.5km/2.8mi | Elevation Gain: 150m/500ft | Time: 1-2 hours | Difficulty: Easy. -Taryn. However, some years the snow can linger into early July or start to fall again in late September. The Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park is one of Canada’s premiere multi-day hiking trips. The shelters are for cooking and hanging out. Points of interest found in the park include First night was at Kinney Lake, 2nd night Emperor Falls, 3rd night Berg Lake and final night at Whitehorn.… Stay on the main trail for the fastest route to the shelter. You’ll need to know your party size, age category of each membe… Toilet paper is not supplied so be sure to bring your own. The rangers may also have strung up a big tarp over some of the picnic tables at this camp. The Berg Lake Trail is located minutes from the Mountain River Lodge, this is one of the classic Rocky Mountain trails. Our Berg Lake Trail hiking experience 1- From trailhead to Kinney Lake. AWESOME POST! Take a print-out or screen shot of your reservation confirmation email to the Mount Robson visitor centre on the day you start your hike. Inside there are four picnic tables, lots of hooks for hanging jackets and a wood stove for emergencies. Reservations open on October 1, the year before you will be hiking it. Plan is to stay: 1 nt in Whitehorn, 2 nts in Berg Lake and 1 nt in Kinney. Berg Lake Trail Hargreaves Lake Route Toboggan Falls Route Mumm Basin Route Snowbird Pass Route Picnic Area Information Meals, Gasoline Telephone Ranger Cabin 2 3 5 4 6 7 LEGEND Parking Viewing Shelter - day use only Campsites Wilderness Camping Tent Pads Washrooms Mountain Biking? Difficulty: Moderate, especially if you split the ascent to Berg Lake over two days. This is also the only section of the trail where you won’t encounter any water sources, so be sure to fill up your water bottles before you head up the hill. That hike looks incredible – the photos are amazing, but the view must have been breathtaking in person! This multi-use trail can be used both directions. Some of the campsites at Kinney are right on the lakeshore with a beautiful view – probably the prettiest campsites on the whole trail. Unless you plan to travel off-trail in the backcountry, the map below is the only one you’ll need for the Berg Lake Trail. You’ll walk in the forest for about 1.5km before emerging on a gravel slope with a view of Berg Lake. The trail network in the main section of the park is limited to pretty much one specific trail (Berg Lake Trail). Day 3: Day hike to Snowbird Pass. The Whitehorn and Kinney Lake campgrounds have large roofed shelters with open sides and four picnic tables inside. Exhilarating, spellbinding, and magical; one of Canada’s greatest treasures! Robson with its glaciers flowing into Berg Lake. Click on the map below to view a printable PDF. To avoid carrying a stupidly heavy pack, choose lightweight backpacking gear rather than heavy conventional camping gear. The rangers will give you a brief orientation and go over some safety info and park rules. The weather in the mountains is also often very cold and wet so be sure to pack accordingly. To meet demand for this world class destination, the Berg Lake Trail is 100% reservable in advance of arrival. About 7.5 from the trailhead, the route climbs up beside a stream and enters a wide meadow with lots of active marmots. Wow honestly how are all Canada hikes so stunning?! Soon you’ll arrive at the Kinney Lake Campground with its open-sided shelter. The Whitehorn shelter has a wood stove but you are only allowed to use it in an emergency. Hikes from Berg Lake include Mumm Basin-Hargreaves Glacier, Toboggan Falls, Emperor Falls, and Snowbird Pass. So much to learn not only about the wonderful trek but also about how to perfect the art of sharing and drafting information!! Looking back to Kinney Lake from the Whitehorn Hill, Distance: 4km/2.5mi | Elevation Gain: 100m/325ft | Time: 1-2 hours | Difficulty: Moderate. The trail crosses a gravelly section next to the lake before heading back in to the trees. The trail can start or end in Robson Pass or Berg Lake campsites. This is a big loop trail and you won’t regret it. For more information on trail stats and how to acquire one of the coveted camping permits check out our Berg Lake Trail Guide. Unless you plan to travel off-trail in the backcountry, the map below is the only one you’ll need for the Berg Lake Trail. Love the blog too, off for a read of some other posts now. Distance: 7km/4.3mi loop or up to 10km/6mi out and back trip | Elevation Gain: 450m/1475ft | Time: 3.5-5 hours | Difficulty: Hard. If you’re tired or out of time, the meadow is beautiful enough to make a good turn around point. This is a smaller campground with no shelter and no real scenery. 4 Reviews of Berg Lake "Backpacked the Berg Lake area for 5 days over the BC day weekend. Day 2: Hike to Berg Lake campground. I recommend 4 or 5. Such a comprehensive guide. Leaving the meadows behind, and now on rock, the trail reaches Robson Lake about 0.9 miles from the trailhead. Thanks for your support. After discovering it for the first time in 1992, when we had no reservation and therefore could not do it, we went a second time this year, with our son, and we managed to do it in 2 days – of course, it would have been good to stay longer, but the weather was so-so. Once you’ve enjoyed the view, follow the trail downhill across the gravel and glacial outwash. My home is in Vancouver but my heart is in the mountains. It has a maze of trails leading to campsites in the forest – none of them have views of the lake. There are a mix of raised wooden platforms and dirt tent pads on the Berg Lake trail. The Berg Lake Trail is really popular and people come from all over the world to hike it. Looking down Toboggan Falls towards Berg Lake, Distance: 6km/3.7mi loop | Elevation gain: 300m/985ft | Time: 2.5-3.5 hours | Difficulty: Moderate. So glad you liked the guide! Cost: $10/person/night plus reservation fees of $6/tent pad/night (up to a max of $18). Hi Taryn, thanks for your detailed guide to this hike, it has been very helpful! It’s also worth noting that you’ll need to share the picnic tables with other campers. Berg Lake Trail is a 13 km blue singletrack trail located near Valemount British Columbia. To hike the trail you will need a permit. Berg Lake Trail Map This map includes an overview of the main route for the Berg Lake Trail. Located just 7km from the parking lot, Kinney Lake Campground is a great first night camp if you start the trail late in the day. However, the tent sites are all very close together or very close to the trail. Click on the map … The glacier has retreated, leaving a flat plain behind. For a full list of what to pack, see my complete Berg Lake Trail packing list, with specific gear recommendations. Oh, and BTW, Mount Robson is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. In some places the trail is quite close to the rushing river. This is THE day hike at Berg Lake. If you come before then, it’s first come first served and you need to check in and pay at the visitor centre before you start the trail. It heads through the forest and then climbs a small hill on some short but steep switchbacks. There is a 4 way intersection on the far side of the bridge. This multi-use trail can be used both directions. You took absolutely gorgeous photos! It reaches an alpine meadow full of wildflowers before heading above treeline. And speaking of glaciers! Click here for Google maps driving directions. I recommend adding one or two days to your trip to devote to day hikes. Location: Mount Robson Provincial Park in the Canadian Rockies, 1 hour west of Jasper. The Robson glacier from the Snowbird Pass trail. After leaving the Berg Lake campground, the trail crosses a bridge. Cooking dinner on the river flats in front of Whitehorn campground. There’s no shelter here but there is an amazing view of Berg Lake and the Berg glacier. After the rock slide the trail goes down to another river flats section. Crossing the rock slide on the way to Marmot camp. The path is wide but there’s a steep drop off so watch your step. After Kinney Lake bridge the trail stops looking like a road and more like a trail. First timer here, hoping to hike the trail in 2020 … Just a quick question – are there water fill stations along the way with potable (drinking) water? For the 2021 season, reservations for the Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park will open January 2021 and must be made online. It’s located on highway 16 in Mount Robson provincial park. The Berg Lake trail is a popular area and it is also environmentally sensitive. Eventually you will reach a signed junction with a side trail to Emperor Falls. The Berg Lake Trail is located in Mount Robson Provincial Park in the Canadian Rockies. There are large metal lockers at each campground. Confusingly, this smaller campground is located about half a kilometer above Emperor Falls. The star of the show is the Berg Glacier, tumbling down the slope of Mount Robson into the lake. The Berg glacier descending from Mount Robson. There are frequent info signs and maps so it’s almost impossible to get lost. There are no water refill stations on the Berg Lake trail. To the left is forest. We did the trip including two nights at Berg Lake in 4 and 1/2 days in the middle of Oct. Only encountered 4″ snow at the top of Toboggan Falls at this time of yr. << I brought a water filter on my trip. Keep it up. Go right for an outhouse. You’ll get some peek-a-boo views of Kinney Lake before dropping right back down to lake level again. These shelters protect you from the rain but still let the wind blow in from the sides. Hi Taryn, thank you so much for this amazing post. Hiker, adventure traveller, Leave No Trace trainer and connoisseur of alpine meadows. There’s an open sided cooking shelter here. So glad you had such a wonderful time Ralph. The temperature can also vary a LOT at Berg Lake. Backpacking Berg Lake is an amazing adventure found in the wilderness of Mount Robson Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada. Cross the bridge to reach the Whitehorn campground. This post focuses on our experience of hiking the trail. Cross a heavy duty bridge and get your first view of the Valley of a Thousand Falls. It’s also a good last night camp if you’re coming all the way down from Berg Lake. Hi Adria, You need a reservation to camp between June 12 and September 30th. Mount Robson is the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies! If you want a hotel, you can book accommodation at bit farther away in Jasper or Valemount. If you’re splitting up the climb to Berg Lake into two days, Whitehorn Campground is the most logical stopping point on your first day. You’ll get some of the best views of Berg Lake and Mount Robson while also checking out some of the other campgrounds. Of course the temperature can often be much colder than that, so bring warm clothing. Thanks in advance. Maximum Group Size: 12 people to minimize impact. Bring a print out or screen shot on your phone of your reservation confirmation to show the rangers. Proper exposures, focus and definition were sadly lacking in 50% of pix….a fault of the limited function of a tiny cell phone lens. The right fork climbs 30 meters up a bluff, then descends back down. Hi ! Some of the pads are small enough that a 4 person tent might not fit. It’s such a beautiful place: Go make your reservations now! There’s a bike rack here since this is the furthest you’re allowed to ride a bike. The rangers there will give you a laminated permit tag to take with you on the trail. Berg Lake Trail Reservation Information. However, the glacial sediments remain and give Adolphus Lake its bright blue colour. The Robson Pass campsite has a small dirt floored shelter lean-to shelter. The Hargreaves Shelter at Berg Lake Campground. Distance: 5.5km/3.4mi return | Elevation Gain: 0m/0ft | Time: 1.5-2 hours | Difficulty: Easy. We started up the Berg Lake Trailhead, but didn’t have enough time to reach Berg Glacier. Such wonderful photos and really thorough write up. Berg Lake Trail Map. Hi Pam. As you approach the Berg Lake campground there will be a side trail heading uphill to the campsites. The Berg Lake Trail takes you to the shores of Berg Lake where you get great views of the Berg Glacier. Seeing it in the snow must have been so spectacular. Past the Emperor Falls junction you’ll continue walking uphill for another half kilometer to reach the Emperor Falls campground. Distance: 2.8km/1.7mi | Elevation Gain: 30m/100ft | Time: 45min-1 hour | Difficulty: Easy. And FYI: you must stay only in the campgrounds you have reserved or you will be taking up a spot that someone else has reserved. You might be tempted to leave your heavy backpack at the junction. Past here the trail emerges from the forest and travels near the edge of the canyon. It sits right next to Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Kinney Lake near the Kinney Lake Campground, Distance: 2.5km/1.5mi | Elevation Gain: 30m/100ft | Time: 40min-1 hour | Difficulty: Easy. Berg Lake trail map courtesy of BC Parks There’s lots of awesome stuff going on with this trail! The Berg Glacier cascades down the side of the mountain into the lake where it breaks off and forms icebergs. No dogs are allowed on overnight trips. To manage the crowds, the park rangers have made all campsites on the trail 100% reservable between mid-June and the end of September. On sunny summer days highs up of up 30C (86F) are possible, with the temperature dipping to less than 10C (50F) at night. Outside there is a covered front porch with benches. Feb 26, 2020 - Explore Tracey Sawatzky's board "HIKE THE BERG LAKE TRAIL", followed by 1512 people on Pinterest. The park rangers have put a few rules in place to protect the area. P. Title: F:\bc_parks_99\2000_maps\berglake_map_colour.cdr But if you head around the side of Mount Robson, you can see the much larger Robson Glacier as it ends at it’s own mini-lake. Soon you’ll pass a ranger cabin, then arrive at the Robson Pass campground. The trail is usually snow-free from June until late September. The Berg Lake Trail is an iconic 21 kilometer linear hike in the heart of the Canadian Rockies that has awe inspired hikers for decades. There are frequent info signs and maps so it’s almost impossible to get lost. Your guide is amazing and your pictures are stunning – thank you for taking the time to put up all this information!!! If you get to the campground earlier in the day you’ll have a choice of empty sites. If it’s open there will be a posted sign that letting you know that the flats are open to hikers. The trail reaches the Robson River almost immediately, and then follows the silt-laden water up to its source at the small, glacier-fed Robson Lake. The Berg Lake trail is one of the premier, and most popular backcountry trails in the Canadian Rockies. The closest towns to the trail are Jasper, Alberta (1 hour to the east along highway 16), and Valemount, BC (30 minutes to the south west via highway 16 and highway 5). As you finally reach the shore of Berg Lake, you’ll arrive at Marmot Campground and get your first good views of the Berg glacier as it runs down into the lake. FYI: There’s a $5 service charge for phone bookings. If possible, take the left fork across the flats as it is faster and easier. I would love to hike this trail and will add it to the bucket list. It’s possible to hike up to Berg Lake and back in one day, but it would likely take over 14 hours. Oh wow what a hike!! For more info on how to navigate the online reservation system, see this guide. This means that it is often rainier at Berg Lake than other places in the Rockies. Hiking near the toe of Robson Glacier and its mini-lake. If you’re in good shape and an experienced backpacker, you could hike all the way to the lake in 1 day. (And that’s why it’s called Berg Lake!). Switchback up the steep slope following cairns. Distance: 2km/1.2mi | Elevation Gain: 0m/0ft | Time: 30-40min | Difficulty: Super easy. Camp here if you want a quieter camp than the main Berg Lake camp. Absolutely entrancing! Although that is the length of the main trail, there are several side trails for hikers to explore. If you want protection from the weather, stay at Berg Lake camp just for the easy access to the shelter. This wide, easy section of trail makes for a great day hike of about 2.5 hours return trip. This means you’ll be doing a lot of steep climbing in this section of trail! For the 2021 season, reservations for the Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park will open January 2021 and must be made online. What to Bring: I’ve got a complete Berg Lake Trail packing list for you. Head down the slope then take the short side trail signed for Hargreaves Lake. At a minimum, you should do the Snowbird Pass hike – it’s gorgeous! However, the park rangers want you to take them with you since the food inside can attract animals. Don’t forget to admire the view of the Berg Glacier on your way down. See directions below. 2 0 obj We plan to go to the US and canada in the next year or so. If you’re worried about leaving things in your car while you hike, the visitor centre has lockers for rent. The campground isn’t actually anywhere near Emperor Falls, but it is located right next to the beautiful Robson River. Directions: From the Berg Lake campground follow the main trail past Rearguard and Robson Pass campgrounds. Record your own trail from the Wikiloc app, upload the route and share it with the community. It’s located just over the BC/Alberta border from Jasper National Park. A few hundred meters after that, look for the junction for the Snowbird Pass trail on your right. From the mini-lake, continue following the rock cairned trail as it steeply switch backs uphill past some warning signs. The same goes for the descent: you can do it in one day, but many people prefer to split it into two days. A few hundred meters after leaving the Marmot Campground you’ll pass the intersection for the Hargreaves Lake trail. Be sure to store your food and toiletries inside to protect it from animals, including bears. It’s a midsized camp but it has a large common area with picnic tables and a lean to shelter. There are a few side trails that you can take for a closer look. The main trail stretches about 23 kilometres, gaining just under 800 metres in elevation over that length. Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3954m (12,972ft), towers over Berg Lake. You’ll be walking through a temperate rain forest with lots of big cedars, hemlocks and ferns. It’s a wilderness trail so you need to collect water from streams, then filter or boil it to ensure it is safe to drink. The view of Berg Lake and the Berg Glacier from near Hargreaves Lake. Day 5: Hike out to the trailhead if you stopped at Whitehorn or Kinney. There’s a large info board with a map. Thank you for all your helpful tips and info on each trail – what a fantastic post 🙂, Wow, Taryn – this is awesomely detailed and I like the way you have formatted it with tables (Distance markers and all). When you make a reservation, you reserve which campground you will be staying in, but you don’t reserve any particular site. You can make reservations online or via phone through the BC Parks reservation service. Best time to hike is July to early September. At the top of the valley, the trail levels out and follows the river to the shores of Berg Lake. This September, 2018 I finally made the drive to the Rockies to hike the Berg Lake Trail. (The bigger campgrounds have two or three). Some years the snow may melt a bit earlier than mid-June, but not usually. I share advice, info and inspiration about my happy place: The Great Outdoors. Directions: Follow the directions for the Robson Glacier Toe hike (above). We are planning to go before the reservable dates, do you know how exaclty do bookings work? Note: This hike used to be a loop but a landslide in 2018 has closed part of the trail. It has been rebuilt over the years but is still very rustic. ©Taryn Eyton 2014-2020 All Rights Reserved, Bridge at the bottom of Valley of a Thousand Falls hill, Robson Pass campground AND Mumm Basin Trail fork, Robson River flats across from Whitehorn Mountain, Beside Robson River upstream of Emperor Falls, Robon River flats across from Rearguard Mountain, Click here for Google maps driving directions, Click here to get $45 off your first Airbnb stay, How to Leave No Trace (And Why it’s Important! You’ll start to get views of the lake and the dirt-speckled Mist glacier. This short and flat hike heads to the toe of the massive Robson Glacier. There are also bonus views of Hargreaves Lake and the Hargreaves Glacier. This means there are opportunities for beginner to advanced backcountry hikers along the way. Directions: From Berg Lake campground continue on the trail past Rearguard camp to Robson Pass campground. North Boundary (Adolphus to Berg Lake) is a 4,704 m black diamond singletrack trail located near Jasper Alberta. Do you think that it’s possible to do the trail in mid-May or early June or the possible snow makes it impossible ? The trail is 21km one way (42km return). From here you have a 2km climb up Whitehorn hill. After 4.5km you’ll reach a wide bridge crossing the Robson River at the outlet of Kinney Lake. Hammocks: Not permitted as they can damage the trees. Crossing the Whitehorn suspension bridge during a September snowstorm. The trail builders did an amazing job across the rock slide: The path is remarkably smooth and they have built some great retaining walls. Our family of 4 hiked only upto Kinney Lake. Thankfully, the reservation fee isn’t too expensive: It’s $6 per tent per night, up to a maximum of $18. You aren’t allowed to sleep in them. If you’re hoping to improve your hiking experience, we highly recommend Iceberg Lake hike. Print out the map, then tuck it inside a ziploc bag for use on the trail. The rangers will check and ask you to leave. Many also have a wooden wash stand that comes with a plastic wash basin you can do your dishes in. (I measured!) The rangers sometimes put up a tarp over the tables. From Berg Lake you can see the spectacular Berg glacier running down the steep face of Mount Robson. Wow, what a trip! The trail is typically snow-covered until mid-June. After the two trails meet back up, you’ll cross two bridges over branches of the Robson River. Hi! Directions: From Berg Lake continue towards Rearguard camp then branch right onto the trail to Snowbird Pass. Be sure to wander down to the the gravel flats in front of the campground to get a better view of the valley and Whitehorn Mountain. Across Berg Lake is Mt. To reach Snowbird Pass, follow the trail uphill beside a stream through the meadow. This trail climbs up behind the Robson Pass campground for great views of Berg Lake, Mount Robson and Reaguard Mountain. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to read more about day hikes at Berg Lake. As always, be sure to Leave No Trace. Each campground has at least one outhouse. Since it is a 21km hike in with 800m of elevation gain, many people split the ascent to Berg Lake into 2 days. Thank you so much for this. Distance: 21km/13mi return | Elevation Gain: 785m/2575ft | Time: 7-9 hours | Difficulty: Very Hard. Iceberg Lake is a popular hiking destination, and the trail that gets you there adds to the experience. This post is sooo brilliantly detailed and the photos look so amazing. /Length 56217 Distance: 6km/3.7mi return | Elevation Gain: 50m/160ft | Time: 1.5-2 hours | Difficulty: Easy. This is the last campground on the Berg Lake trail, so most descriptions stop here, but the trail actually continues on. From these camp sites, you can take a day hike on the Hargreaves Lake Route to Toboggon Falls and Robson Pass. In my opinion, most people will want to spend about 4 or 5 days on the trail: Day 1: Hike to Whitehorn campground. Loved this post 🙂. View of Berg Lake and the Berg Glacier from near Marmot campground. From berg Lake campsite the trip is 22 km, return. The trailhead is located 2km from the visitor centre. Never leave garbage behind in the food locker – pack it out with you. To do this trip each tent ) about Lake, Berg Glacier cascades down the slope of Robson... The intersection for the fastest route to the ranger cabin, then downhill! 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